Coaches usually wait until they're behind closed doors (sometimes in a recruit's living room) before slinging mud at opposing schools ... which means the rest of us miss out on a little rivalry repartee.
But what's the fun in playing a game if not for a little trash talk? We don't always have to hand the ball to the ref, do we?
Thankfully, we have you, Twitter, and college coaches are no longer shy when it comes to using social media.
It's hardly been open season in the ACC, but league coaches have not been shy about poking fun at rival schools. It began two weeks ago with the Pittsburgh and Penn State staffs getting into a little tiff, and it continued signing day when a Wake Forest assistant took a not-so-thinly-veiled shot at fellow in-state program North Carolina.
Wake Forest's Adam Scheier sent out a 140-character jab the morning of signing day, taunting UNC, which is still in turmoil following years of academic improprieties. Scheier wrote: “BREAKING: WF demonstrates u can come 2 North Carolina & earn a degree at a school that's not UNClear about the definition of student-athlete.”
Demon Deacons coach Dave Clawson would make Scheier delete the tweet, and Scheier followed it up joking he was hacked and the tweet was only made in jest.
North Carolina rising junior Ryan Switzer replied, alerting Scheier the Demon Deacons have to travel to Chapel Hill in October.
In radio interviews, Clawson, UNC coach Larry Fedora, North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren and Duke coach David Cutcliffe all talked about the negative recruiting that goes on between the four ACC schools from North Carolina, and some even did subtle trash talking of their own.
Whether it was a blow below the belt to bring up UNC's issues depends on what side of the fence you're standing on. (For the record, Wake Forest was ranked a few places ahead of UNC-Chapel Hill in U.S. News & World Report's rankings.) But for the rest of us watching from across the field, it provides entertainment during this quiet period before spring practices open (unless you're Duke, which begins Friday).
And if you're a fan of Wake Forest, which finished 3-9 a season ago, isn't it nice to see a little fight in the program? If UNC stomps the Demon Deacons in the fall, it won't be because of a signing day tweet.
Too often coaches rely on the dreaded "coachspeak" in fear of offering bulletin board material to opponents, so it's welcoming to see a little feuding between rivals. Aren't these rivalries what make college sports different than the rest?
We know coaches are letting the digs fly in the comfort of recruits' homes and booster functions, so let the rest of us get in on the fun. As long you keep them clean, we hope you keep them coming.
Depending on how much stock you put in recruiting rankings, no program did more with less in 2014 than Georgia Tech. Analysis of a team's success compared with how many wins it was predicted to have based on recruiting classes suggests the Yellow Jackets far exceeded expectations. Over the last decade, only five teams have overachieved more than Georgia Tech.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher feels the scrutiny he and his program were under the last two seasons while dealing with the Jameis Winston saga had a positive effect on the Seminoles' recruiting efforts. It's hard to say, though, considering Fisher has cleaned up on the recruiting trail just about every year.
Grades for each position Clemson recruited in the 2015 class. Spoiler alert: They're all good, which is what you would expect when the Tigers sign a top-five class.
Former Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman is joining Pitt's football team. As a graduate student, Peterman does not have to sit out the 2015 season and thus could challenge Chad Voytik for the starting position. Voytik struggled early in Year 1 as the starter but improved during the second half of the season.
Possibly lost in the signing day hoopla: Miami is bringing in former Florida defensive lineman Gerald Willis III. In his short time at Florida, Willis had an issue with rubbing teammates and coaches the wrong way. He was involved in an altercation with one of Florida's quarterbacks during the season and was sent to the locker room in the regular-season finale for shoving FSU quarterback Jameis Winston while Willis was standing on the sideline. He played sparingly in his one year at Florida, but he was RecruitingNation's second-ranked defensive tackle in the 2014 class.
Duke begins its spring practice Friday morning, and coach David Cutcliffe is tasked with replacing Anthony Boone at quarterback. Rising redshirt junior Thomas Sirk, who threw only 14 passes in 2014, gets first crack at the starting job.